Local support groups

Plan B Goes Green

If you didn’t know Plan B Knowsley is a community led social programme for adults with Autism between 18 – 30yrs.

Paula & Drew Thompson who run the Plan B programme will be going green (along with our Plan B members) over the next few months as Plan B has been nominated by members of the local community to take part in Asda Huyton’s Green Token charity giving scheme throughout the months of March and June 2017.

Each customer who shops at Asda Huyton receives a Green Token at the checkout (when requested) to pop into the charity box of their choice on their way out of the store.  At the end of June the Green Tokens are added up and the good cause with the most Tokens receives £500 and 2nd and 3rd place receive £200 from the Asda Foundation, which is fantastic news for Plan B.

The next time your in Asda Huyton, don’t forget to ask for green tokens and to pop them into the Plan B Knowsley box to support our continued activities and support for our 18 strong members – as well as parents and carers.

Want to know more about Plan B? Contact Paula on 07944 340 474 or email: planb@kulo.org.uk

You can also like the official Plan B Facebook page @PlanBKnowsley

Take Part in a National Survey of Housing for Disabled People

The Equality and Human Rights Commission want to understand whether the availability of accessible and adaptable housing and support services around it, fulfils disabled people’s rights to live independently.

They want to hear from YOU –  your views and experiences. This includes the effect it has on disabled people’s choice and control over housing  and your right to independent living.

We know as a community group accessible housing for people with disabilities in Knowsley is few and far between and any new homes should be homes built for life, to accommodate an individuals need and circumstances throughout life.  We also know that lots of young people with disabilities in Knowsley aspire to have a place of their own – not just a flat in shared supported living – we want to have more choice and a range of homes for local people pf all ages with disabilities and long term health conditions.

There are three questionnaires, one for each group of interest they would really like to hear from, please click on the appropriate link below which will take you to the survey.

The closing date for questionnaires  to be submitted is 23:59 on Tuesday 18 April 2017.

The information you give to The Equality and Human Rights Commission will form an important part of the evidence they will consider for their formal inquiry into housing and disability.

About the inquiry

In spring 2017, The Equality and Human Rights Commission will carry out a survey of all local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland. They expect the formal response from local authorities to be provided by the survey.

Individuals working for local authorities may wish to complete the housing provider’s questionnaire, giving a personal response based on their experience.

Please only complete the questionnaire that is relevant to you and only complete the questions that are relevant to your situation.

Download the easy read version of the survey (Word), complete and either email to:

EHRCHousingInquiry@equalityhumanrights.com

Or post, using their FREE post address:

Freepost EHRC

This is all you need to put on the envelope for us to receive your response.

You can also contribute to the survey by telephone –  leaving a message via voicemail to: 0161 829 8878

There’s Local Help to Get Online in Knowsley

If you or anyone you know needs help with getting online you can take part in FREE learning ‘how to’ sessions with Knowsley FACE

Whether your searching for jobs, Setting up an email account, Learning how to use an app, Completing application forms, Accessing the internet, Filling out benefit forms or Uploading your CV.

Knowsley FACE has friendly and supportive local tutors will help you to:

  • Develop your skills to become more confident in using computers, laptops or tablet devices
  • Access forms you need
  • Protect yourself on the internet
  • Access other training and support you may need including support with English and Maths or progression to accredited courses such as Functional Skills ICT or ECDL

The amount of time you choose to attend sessions depends on what you want/need to learn and don’t worry there are no exams or tests!

FREE Digital skills sessions take place right across Knowsley.

Halewood Library, Mondays 10.00am – 12.30pm

Huyton Library, Tuesdays 10.00am – 12.30pm

Stockbridge Library, Tuesdays 10.00am – 12.30pm

Prescot Library, Thursdays 10.00am – 12.30pm

Kirkby Library, Friday 10.00am – 12.30pm

Roby Hub (Age UK), Tuesdays 1.00pm – 3.30pm

Mackets Education Centre, Halewood, Wednesdays 12.30pm – 3.00pm

St John’s Infozone, Huyton, Wednesdays, 9.30am – 12.00pm and Thursday 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm

The Gate, Page moss, Wednesdays 12.30pm – 3.00pm and Thursday 10.00am – 12.30pm

Knowsley FACE provides the digital skills sessions in partnership with Knowsley Library Service and other community based organisations.

For more details on the service or to book a place on the sessions, call 0151 443 2026/2052/2066/2067

FREE Accessible and Healthy Cooking Sessions

If you have a disability or long term illness you’ll know how hard it is to maintain a healthy and balanced diet and stop the pounds from piling on. Why not join us in 2017 for one of our Healthy Cooking sessions at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Huyton.

Our first community session for 2017 starts on Monday 16 January 2017, 10 – 12pm at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living.

Our accessible and inclusive 4 week programme isn’t  just about ‘learning how to cook’, each week you are tasked and challenged to prepare a meal which helps to develop individual skills, confidence, knowledge and independence around preparing food, healthier eating, cooking on a budget and the importance of food hygiene.

Importantly to us as a group of local people with disabilities, our sessions are designed to be friendly, informal and social – because we know food (and eating it!) is a great way to bring people together.

Family members, carers and support workers are welcome to join in too.

So if you’ve started your new year with a few extra lumps and bumps from all the Christmas excess and want to get involved and learn about some easy changes you can do when preparing meals at home, contact Nancie to book a FREE place on 07715 392 158 or email: hello@kulo.org.uk

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AND PLEASE LET US KNOW ABOUT ANY DIETARY OR ACCESS REQUIREMENTS BEFOREHAND SO YOU CAN TAKE PART AND ENJOY YOURSELF!

Knowsley Parent Carers Voice 2017 Meeting Dates

Knowsley Parent Carers Voice (KPCV ) is an independent, parent led group developed to support local families who care for a child/sibling with a disability. 

It’s their aim as a group is to provide all parents and carers who live in Knowsley with an independent platform to express what really matters to them and their children.

They work in partnership with local disability service providers, raising awareness of what additional services are required, what existing services can be improved and the daily issues faced by Knowsley children, parents and their families and carer’s.

Knowsley Parent Carers Voice have published dates for their forthcoming monthly meetings for 2017 and want to encourage parents and carers who live in Knowsley to come along and get involved.

Their first meeting for 2017 takes place at the Old School House, St Johns Road, Huyton on Monday January 16, 10 – 12pm. All welcome and refreshments will be provided – along with a warm welcome.

CLICK HERE for the full list of 2017 parent carer meeting dates.

As a parent led group they are passionate about children and young adults in Knowsley, and together they believe they can make a difference  – if you would like to find out more about the group, please contact Ian McBrias at Knowsley’s Carers Centre, on 0151 549 1412 or email: deborahsmithkpcv@gmail.com

It’s Time for Plan B Knowsley

time-for-plan-bIf your aged between 18 and 30, live in Knowsley and are Autistic we want to hear from you! 

The Plan B programme is co-ordinated and delivered by dynamic duo, Drew & Paula Thompson who are members of our Knowsley User Led Organisation (a proactive community group of residents with disabilities as well as carers).

The social, communication and activity programme is inclusively for young adults with autism aged between 18 & 30 years who live in Knowsley.

Quite simply, it’s Drew & Paula’s mission is to encourage and support young autistic adults who live in Knowsley to meet like minded people, make new friends and networks as well as discover new ‘alternative’ places to go.

“I’d noticed that there wasn’t any activities or opportunities to meet young people just like me in Knowsley, so we came up with a Plan B.

Once again, we’ve had another busy year of monthly get together’s, plus we’ve been able to respond to our members demand for more frequent activities and opportunities to come together.

plan-b-halloween-2016Our highlights for this year (2016) have included a water sports session at Crosby Marina led by one of our very own Plan B members, Self defence & confidence building sessions and not forgetting our infamous – yet spooktacular Halloween Party at the Old Coach House, Bowring Park, Huyton  – what a team effort that was”.

Plan B also supports it’s members with wider volunteer, community & training opportunities as well as the delivery of community workshops & events.

Need some Plan B in your life? Contact Paula on 07944 340 474 or email: planb@kulo.org.uk

Make Vee’s Place Your Place in Prescot

vees-place-whats-on-autumn-advertNo matter how old or young you are, there’s something for everyone taking place at Vee’s Place, Prescot.

Whether it’s knitting, sewing, lunch clubs, drama classes or dancing, Vee’s place has a variety of community activities each week for all ages.

Based in Zion Church, 74 Kemble Street, Prescot L34 5SH. Vee’s Place has launched a packed Autumn 2016 community programme of activities and events – and a warm welcome is guaranteed!

Monday’s
10am Coffee morning /12noon Lunch/1pm Socials/6pm Knitting & Crochet

Tuesday’s
10am History/12noon lunch/1pm Sewing, dressmaking/6.30pm Scouts

Wednesday’s
10am Yoga/12noon lunch/1pm Musical socials/6pm Danzaciz  & Performing Arts

Thursday’s
10am groups/12noon lunch/1pm

Friday’s
10am groups/12noon Luncheon Club & social afternoon

Saturday’s
9am Cheeky Monkeys Club (up to 4 year olds) Danzaciz & Perfoming Arts.

*Please note: A small charge is applied to activities listed above (Subs £3 Adults & £1.50 youth)

If you are interested in getting involved with any activities  or would like to start something new, Vee’s Place are always on the look out for even more community activities!

Contact Verity Rhodes, Vee’s Place Centre Manager on 0151 289 3602 (after 11am)

Shaping the Future – Health & Social Care in Knowsley

shaping-the-future-health-social-care-in-knowsleyDo you want to help local people in Knowsley who may need care and support to live well?  Do you have ideas about how to help local people lead happier, healthier lives for longer? 

A Liverpool based company called So Mo is working on behalf of Knowsley Council, will be running 3, one day public events in Halewood, Kirkby and Huyton.

‘These events are part of a new approach to social care and health. They will look at how we support the growth of more local ideas & initiatives in the neighbourhoods where people grow, live, work and age’.

Locations, dates and times for ‘Shaping the Future’ Public Events are as follows:

Halewood: Tuesday 1 November 9.30am – 4pm at New Hutte Neighbourhood Centre, Lichfield Road L26 1TT

Kirkby: Monday 7 November 9.30 – 4pm at Northwood Community Centre, Gilescroft Avenue L33 9TW

Huyton: Thursday 10 November 9.30 – 4pm at Court Hey Methodist Church, Roby Road L14 3NU

Lunch will also be provided.

Who should attend?
If you have ideas about how Knowsley can do things differently then get along to one of the local events.

  • People who use services or carers, (you not only understand the problem but probably have a sense of what is needed – we want to spend time with you).Local residents, community organisations, schools/colleges
  • Local residents, community organisations, schools/colleges
  • Local service providers; care home owners, mental health services
  • Local entrepreneurs, technologists, business owners, creatives or academics you can bring fresh ideas and approaches to the table.
  • Commissioners & practitioners in health and care services, partner organisations, CVS, Knowsley Healthwatch

We’ve also attached the Shaping the Future invitation to give you more detailed information about the events, CLICK HERE!

There are a number of ways to book your place. Go to EVENTBRITE website or contact either: Helen@so-mo.co 0151 675 5031/ Laura@so-mo.co /0151 675 5032

Bradbury Fields Active Vision Centre

Bradbury-Fields_activities_KULO websiteIf you have a visual impairment or sight loss and would like to meet other people who have sight loss, then you might like to attend the Active Vision Centre.

Based in Youens Way, Liverpool L14 2EP.  The Active Vision Centre has holistic therapies, exercise classes, entertainment and weekly social activities in an suitable environment for anyone with a visual impairment.

Did you know that Bradbury Fields operates a dedicated Visual Impairment Service for anyone who lives in Knowsley?

The friendly team are based in the Knowsley Centre for Independent Living and provide rehabilitation, information and advice to local people who are blind or partially sighted.

For more information about Bradbury Fields Services for visually impaired people in Knowsley contact 0151 244 4094.

A Brand New Knowsley Wheelchair Service Patient Forum

Knowsley Wheelchair Service_KULOThe Knowsley Wheelchair Service would like to hear your views about their service.

The Wheelchair Service Team would like local people in Knowsley to be involved in their brand new Wheelchair User Patient Forum at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Huyton.

As a wheelchair user, can you spare a few hours to share your views and feedback which will help improve their services directly to Knowsley residents?

Do you have ideas and opinions which can make the service the very best it can be for local people?

For more information about how to get involved get in touch with Maria or Vikki on 0151 244 4100 or E: centreforindependentliving@5bp.nhs.uk

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